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Buckling down for fun: Town prepares for annual craft crowds

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Anthony Martin of Red Tail Forge Works will demonstrate how he creates his handcrafted knives, primitive tools and frontier implements.
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The first signs of chill in the air mean that it is time, once again, for a great weekend of fun, food and shopping in historic Bell Buckle.

Craftspeople, artisans, antique purveyors, gourmet food sellers and vendors of all type descend upon this quaint, little middle Tennessee town the third weekend of October each year to offer their wares and crafts at the Bell Buckle Downtown Show.

Hot time

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Jason Link will bring his brand of rocky, edgy country music to the stage in Bell Buckle on Saturday.
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This year will feature arts and handmade crafts from Bell Buckle and beyond, award-winning food vendors and live artist demonstrations, including frontier blacksmithing by Anthony Martin of Red Tail Forge Works.

Martin will show how he creates his hand-crafted knives, primitive tools and frontier implements, while explaining the significance of each of item, how they were used and how blacksmithing turns raw steel into highly desirable works of art.

Music in the air

Live music from "up on the mountain" will be provided by artists from the Jim Oliver Smokehouse Review in Monteagle, featuring the rocky edgy country music of Jason Link, the amazing harmonies and Americana music of Tawny River, and the rock, soul and R&B of Travis Bowlin on Saturday. Bell Buckle native country artist Kyle Kraft and his band will perform on Sunday.

The fun goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The town urges locals to come out and enjoy the great live music, award-winning foods, live artist demonstrations and vendors from across the country at the 21st Annual Bell Buckle Downtown Show.Anthony Martin of Red Tail Forge Works will demonstrate how he creates his handcrafted knives, primitive tools and frontier implements.

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